So, you've been thinking about adopting a Pit Bull?
Congratulations! Having a pit bull type dog is not for everybody. Unfortunately, breed discrimination is common; you need to stay positive and educate people when they criticize your companion. Renters struggle with finding pit bull friendly housing and some home insurance carriers won't cover them. Because we know how challenging it can be to navigate people's biases and misconceptions, we ask that you fulfill these requirements in order to adopt one of our dogs:
Be at least 23 years old - we require a copy of your license to verify.
Adults in the home cannot have a criminal background. Yep, we do background checks on everyone in the household!
Be able to meet the dog in question as well as do meet-and-greets with current pets within our kennel license area. We DO NOT ship dogs. All of our dogs are adopted to residents in parts of PA, NJ, & DE only, and only within a 2 hour radius of our central location of Southampton, PA. Special circumstances with some dogs will be taken in to consideration.
Fill out an application. Impress us!
Show solid references. This includes your current veterinarian and non-relatives who can vouch for you.
Must own your home or have landlord approval. Yes, we WILL thoroughly check!
Agree to a home visit. We need to make sure your house is suitable and safe for a dog. We will guide you with any changes that need to be made.
All dogs living in the house of a potential adopter MUST be spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm tested on a regular basis, and on heartworm prevention. If there is a medical reason that prohibits any of this being done, written and verbal verification from a licensed veterinarian must be provided. This also applies to any and all household cats.
Household Agreement: everyone needs to be on board for the adoption. Yes, we ask them.
Pay a non-refundable Adoption Donation Fee. BRPBR has the right to modify adoption fees on an individual basis. For your convenience we accept cash, money order, cashier's check, credit/debit cards, and PayPal. (SORRY, NO PERSONAL CHECKS!). Please note that there is an additional $15-18 service charge when paying via PayPal, debit, or credit depending on the adoption fee amount. A deposit on dogs that are not yet cleared for adoption may be required for approved applicants.
Sign a legally binding adoption contract.
6 months & under: $450
7 months to 1 year: $400
2 years to 5 years: $350
6 years to 10 years: $250
Over 10 years: $175
PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT do female dog-to-female dog adoptions - no exceptions! Male-to-male and male-to-female adoptions are preferred.
What is BRPBR's adoption process like?
Fill out our adoption application ONLINE or download it here and either email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org (we do not recommend mailing your application). You will hear from us via email or phone once we receive and process your app (be sure to check your email frequently after applying). This can take a few days, so be patient!
Once the written application is processed and approved, we will need to schedule a home check. If all goes well with the home check, you will be eligible to meet the dog(s) you are interested in adopting. We will need to schedule a meet-and-greet with other dogs in the home on neutral ground (a park, a field, etc) within our kennel license. All household members MUST be present during the meeting - no exceptions. Depending on our volunteer/foster schedule, home checks and meet and greets MAY be done at the same time.
If you still think you would like to adopt after the meet and greet, we require that you give us an answer after a 24 hour time period has lapsed. This gives all family members time to talk it out and think about it - we don't want any rash decisions being made about adding a new family member! If you decide to officially adopt, an adoption date will be scheduled within our kennel license area to meet with a BRPBR volunteer to sign the legally binding adoption contract. At this time you will provide us with your non-refundable adoption/donation fee and we will provide you with your new companion!
If for ANY reason you can no longer keep your BRPBR adopted dog, you MUST contact us and we will discuss taking him/her back into our program. Adoption fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
PLEASE NOTE: Once a dog is officially "pending adoption", the actual adoption must be done within 7 days.
*BRPBR has the right to modify adoption fees on an individual basis.
For more information on what our adoption fees include click here